An important Act in the fight against Smuggling. By 1705 Parliament set up a special force to try and combat Smugglers. They soon found that they were fighting a losing battle, so by 1719 new laws had to be brought in. By this new laws any Smugglers who assembled in a group of 8 or more men, and beat or wounded Officers of the Customs, then such men would be transported to the American Plantations. A Public Act.